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BeachSt November 8th, 2017 1:22am

The first openly transgender state office candidate has been elected a delegate in the Virginia House of Delegates outing a Republican that held the seat for 26 years. This is a first in the country. Virginia going blue!

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NDAmerican Florida
11/07/17 8:05 pm

The urbanisation of Northern Virginia was bound to transform Virginia blue. However, the state is going to see a growing disconnect in its southern and western counties who continue to feel unwelcome and alienated.

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deist
11/07/17 8:23 pm

If they don’t like it they can leave,,,

deist
11/07/17 8:24 pm

There’s always more room for more depressed drunks and opioid addicts in west va...

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
11/07/17 8:41 pm

Well actually the southeastern areas and central areas went well blue for the democrats. Not only that but the Democrat picked up a lot of rural votes.

Senate101 San Diego
11/07/17 7:55 pm

And the largest gain in House seats for any Virginia party since at least 1898!

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
11/07/17 8:02 pm

Yeah! It's so close to flipping but at least it obliterated the supermajority that the republicans held.

susanr Colorado
11/07/17 7:26 pm

It's sort of a first (and to be celebrated, in any case!). She's the first openly transgender to be elected who will, as far as we know now, probably serve her term.

There was only other openly transgender who won an election for a state legislature (New Hampshire), but resigned before taking office. She had served part of a prison sentence and had been released early for good behavior. Her "final discharge," although it was considered official by prison officials, was challenged by the opposing party who said it hasn't been met and that disqualified her for the office, and she resigned before taking office. She subsequently decided to take part in an election to fill the seat, but the state attorney general issued an opinion in accord with the opposing party; i.e., that her sentence hadn't been fulfilled. She gave up.

One hopes there are no such ghosts in Ms Roem's past.

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susanr Colorado
11/07/17 7:28 pm

There is one other transgender who won an election to a state legislature office (in 1993, as a Republican!), and served her term, but she was not openly transgender during her campaign. She was outed two days after election, and never won another election afterward.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
11/07/17 7:47 pm

Wow. I never knew. Thanks for commenting, Susan :)

susanr Colorado
11/07/17 8:22 pm

I learned some stuff too. I knew about the NH transgender who was elected, but didn't know that she never served (much less, why not). Her name is Stacie Laughton, by the way.

I never knew about the other transgender, and only found out about her when I started poking around tonight. Did I mention that she is black? Black, transgender, and Republican. Don't you just want to go have dinner and a long talk with her somewhere? Her name is Althea Garrison.

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doober72 Vidalia, Ga.
11/07/17 6:47 pm

You reap what you sow.

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737
11/07/17 6:50 pm

The apathy its its over whelming.

737
11/07/17 6:50 pm

I'm referring to the trans gender part.